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10 ideas for decorating your hallway

Do you have a small hallway? The hallway is often one of the most neglected spaces in our homes, a dumping ground for shoes, coats, post, keys and all the other general paraphernalia that you grab at the last minute as you are leaving the house. Yet, as the first space that guests see when they enter your home it is worth spending the time and effort to ensure your hallway has instant wow factor.

In a small hallway it is best to stick to a neutral colour scheme on walls and floors to enhance the feeling of light and space, then inject colour with artwork, flowers and decorative ornaments. Hardwearing flooring is a good idea as the hallway is such a high traffic area, so wood and stone are practical choices, then simply add a mat or rug for people to wipe their feet on. Painted walls are a popular option in the hallway as they are easier to touch up if the walls get scuffed and marked, but hallway wallpaper is making a comeback so pick a subtle pattern that will add interest without being overwhelming.

Positioning a mirror on one wall is a good trick as it will bounce the light around and help make the space feel larger. It's also useful as it means you can check your appearance one last time before leaving the house.

It's important to clear the clutter, so invest in some practical storage solutions such as a seat with built-in storage, a console table with handy drawers, boxes or baskets, and of course a hanging rail or pegs for the coats and hats. There is a wide range of choices available from modern streamlined furniture to antique trunks, so whatever style you are looking for, you are bound to find something to cater for your needs.

Decorate with wall stencils
Have extra space under your staircase? Make the most of it with a pretty wall stencil. Turn it into a reading corner by adding a transparent chair and lights for the perfect cosy space.

Stenciled leaves running up and down the wall add a pretty touch and draw your attention along the hallway. Find similar stencils at The Stencil Library.

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